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Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art
12 March 2017 - 9 July 2017  |  Official Website

This exhibition features exquisite embroidered textiles of western Indian and Pakistan made primarily in the 19th and first half of the 20th century before the Partition of India and Pakistan following independence from Britain in 1947. Ornate and labor-intensive, phulkari (“flower-work”) embroidery were made by women for weddings and other special events. Drawing from research to explicate the history, technique, designs, and cultural uses of phulkaris, this exhibition celebrates the extraordinary gift by Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz of nineteen phulkaris to the Museum.

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